- High administrative expenses
- Negative press
- Controversial award
As Planned Parenthood does not publish past years' financial information, all financial information was taken from Charity Navigator, a respected independent charity watchdog organization.
Planned Parenthood spent 9.6 percent of its revenue on administrative expenses for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, or $15,822,138. The organization's top executive, Cecile Richards, received an annual salary of $451,752 for the same time period, which is 0.30 percent of the organization's reported expenses. This percentage is slightly higher than that reported by the top-rated organizations.
The recent scandal involving the organization's alleged profits from selling fetal body parts and organs which were harvested from abortions has further polarized Americans on their personal stands about Planned Parenthood. There are several articles published about this issue, most of which are not unbiased and attempt to further arguments on either side of the issue. Those who are critical of Planned Parenthood accuse the mainstream media of whitewashing the scandal, while those who are in favor of Planned Parenthood criticized the coverage of the story as being false and inflammatory.
After the video exposé of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America's officials negotiating prices for fetal body parts with an undercover individual, the organization received significant negative press. Planned Parenthood solicited George Soros and his organization, asking for $1.5 million to offset the negative press reports.
The Washington Times reported that the investigation into fetal parts being provided to Washington University from Planned Parenthood was not thorough, and conducted in an unprofessional manner. The editorial board of the The New York Times went on to conclude that the videos had been doctored or edited in an attempt to misrepresent the organization's operations. Washington Deputy Attorney General, Paige Dietrich, requested documents from the University about its arrangement with Planned Parenthood to supply fetal tissue for Washington University's Birth Defect Research Lab, with assurances that the documents would remain confidential. After assurances that this would be the case, Ms. Dietrich surprisingly informed the University that the documents would no longer be needed. Shortly after the Deputy Attorney General's emailed statement releasing the University from providing documents, Planned Parenthood was exonerated in by the state of Washington for its practices. Critics state that the investigation was improperly managed with the result being determined by politics before the investigation was even commenced.
Planned Parenthood gives many internal awards to its affiliate clinics as well as awards journalists and media outlets for their work. Each organization, whether it is a for-profit or not, has the right to give awards to individuals and organizations which further their cause, etc.
One of the most inflammatory internal awards is to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora, Colorado, which was recognized by the national headquarters for the number of "abortion visits" (presumably resulting in abortions) by the clinic in 2013, compared to the those reported in 2012. Planned Parenthood stated that it does not have quotas for abortion visits but did not deny that the award was given. Planned Parenthood issued a clarifying statement about abortion quotas and award, which some felt was sanctimonious, and boasted about its mission.
With the current political environment of the United States, many critics of Planned Parenthood have been enraged at the organization for its choice of which individuals and organizations which have been recognized with awards. It is notable that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America has not been recognized by external groups for its program delivery, which could be an indication that organizations do not wish to become entangled in the extremely controversial debate which surrounds Planned Parenthood and its support.